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    La Traviata

    European Chamber Opera are performing Verdi's "La Traviata" at the Sheraton Gerande Sukhumvit on Thursday evening, 1st November.

    I've seen their productions before and this will be a good evening for culture vultures. As the name implies, this is not La Scala, but these are perfectly credible performances and, frankly, I cannot think of an opera more suited to Sukhumvit than this, the account of Violetta giving up her virtue for the sake of diamonds and booze. There were no mobile phones in Verdi's day.

    Ticket prices range from ThB 850 for just the show to ThB 2,200 if you include a three course meal at Rossini's. Show starts at 8.30 pm.

    I would say that buying tickets from these people is a farce. You need to go to the hotel in person and visit their office on the third floor during normal office hours, when you may just find someone there. Their attempt at Carmina Burana failed a few years ago because they didn't sell sufficient tickets. You know why... and if someone simply offers to take your phone number and call you back, have none of it....and pay by debit/credit card as it is easier to get refunds if the performance is cancelled.

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    Thats well cheap too. I would love to see 'The Consumptive Courtesan' again, but I think I will have to bribe Mrs with some other reason to go to Bkk as well.

    Back in HK I took my ex wife- who was HK Chinese but a well educated barrister- to see Othello. What a disaster- she wouldn't talk to me for days, and we left at intermission. Unfortunately, I feel awkward going to these things on my own.
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    I love the opera and operettas. You can smell the stardust. Lovely, lovely.

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    One of my favorites, I will definitely go if I can find a ticket. It's cheap.

    A good opera ticket in Europe is about 6000 THB.

    Thanks for the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    One of my favorites, I will definitely go if I can find a ticket. It's cheap.
    Bought my tickets yesterday. I don't think finding a ticket will be the problem as there were an awful lot of empty seats.

    I saw Madame butterfly by the same company two years ago here and it was excellent.


    Meal Options (inclusive of performance) are:


    Set Dinner at Basil, or tapas at BarSu ThB 1,600

    Seafood buffet at Orchid cafe ThB 1,800

    Three-course dinner at Rossini's ThB 2,200


    ....or pop across the road to McDonalds. There are lots of restaurants in this part of town, cheap and expensive, so buying the ThB 850 ticket and getting a meal elsewhere is a reasonable option, although the seafood buffet is awesome.
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    Saw this last night and, as I said, this isn't LaScala. I will say, though, that you can't have Verdi without strings.

    Sure next year, we are told, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra will be providing the music to Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutti, but last night we got the music hall version of La Traviata. One solitary piano. I was expecting Buster Keaton, or maybe Charlie Chaplin to make a cameo appearance. Gone were the oom-pahs from the intro and the drinking song, and when it came to Violetta's aria at the close of act one it is just as well she could sing because the music died.

    This performance relied heavily upon the acting and singing skills of the performers who were hindered rather than assisted by a pitiful musical performance and I am sure the Thais in the audience would have fully appreciated the quality of the Italian singing. Nothing against the solitary and very talented pianist, Wai Yin Lee, who made the best of a bad situation, but whoever decided to pare the orchestra down to one piano should be put down.

    Still a good evening's entertainment but it could have been sooooo much better with just a string quartet and NO piano.

    Subtle hint - you can't have the Mozart without woodwind. OK? I'll be watching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thormaturge
    This performance relied heavily upon the acting and singing skills of the performers who were hindered rather than assisted by a pitiful musical performance and I am sure the Thais in the audience would have fully appreciated the quality of the Italian singing.
    For 850 THB what can you expect ? half the seats were for PepsiCo executives, and the place got half empty after the end of the second act. A lot of empty seats. I also noticed that full rows of empty seats despite being officially "booked", either the guests didn't show up (tickets were probably given to some VIP guests) or the reservation system was fucked up.

    Yeah, a few missing acts, music was piano only, I was actually expecting a CD player since obviously the ballroom was too small for an orchestra, but at the end it wasn't so bad as this is a third world country and the city is not exactly famous for his cultural elite. I am sure you could find a better opera show in HK or Singapore as the expat audience is more sophisticated there.

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    I agree, and from past experience I would say there are two reasons the room was half empty.

    A) The reservation system is asurdly inefficient;

    B) They don't advertise the functionm, not even on their website. I only know because I have been before and I know it is a regular annual event. Madame Butterfly was much better than this and a chamber orchesta or even a string quartet wouldn't have taken up too much room.

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